Seattle – December 6, 2012 – The board and staff of the Alliance for Education are deeply saddened by the passing of former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson.
Dr. Goodloe-Johnson was tireless in her pursuit of excellence in our schools. She took on tough challenges and left a lasting legacy. Coming into the role of Superintendent with a background as a public school teacher, principal, administrator and parent, she brought a total devotion to student success. Her efforts resulted in a return to neighborhood schools; a landmark teachers’ contract linking student achievement to teacher effectiveness for the first time; and a robust new performance management system that introduced accountability and transparency to the system and to our community.
Most importantly, these systemic changes combined to produce sustained student academic gains.
She was a devoted mother and valued colleague. The Alliance extends heartfelt condolences to her family, in particular her husband Bruce and daughter Maya. We are proud to have worked with her.